"Ensoulment" by Remora is the latest release from Silber Media founder Brian John Mitchell. Brian has been experimenting with guitar atmospherics since 1995. "Ensoulment" marks a return to long form ambient guitar drones that have been absent from Remora's recorded output since 1999's Ambient Drones for One Guitar. It was recorded with one guitar (no overdubbing) split into three effect channels (loop and envelope filter; distortion, loop, and reverb; distortion, sub-octave, and reverb) and an acoustic guitar in front of an amplifier used as an ambient room mic.
On "Ensoulment" Remora throws out the idea of using the guitar as a melody instrument, approaching it instead as a sound source, as six tuned wires mounted on wood. The idea of song and melody is replaced by an increased importance on the tone and feeling of the sound. A conveying of emotion without implementing any of the common tricks of the guitarist's trade. "Ensoulment" is one piece clocking in at over seventy minutes filled with dynamics one might feel in a restless sleep, a surrealistic soundscape full of monstrous walls and serene calm moments. It is both claustrophobic and calm. You can hear the influences to Brian's ideas of tone and beauty from Justin Broadrick to Gyorgy Ligeti to Mike VanPortfleet as he occasionally coaxes sound out of the guitar, but more often forcefully beats it out. This is ambient music for the tarmac rather than inside the airport lobby.
"Ensoulment" is available for free download as a 130Mb Zip file containing the full release in high quality 256kbps mp3 format along with artwork suitable for printing. The music on this release is copyright Brian John Mitchell 2008 and may not be used or reproduced without the artist's express permission.